Disney Showcases Film Slate at D23

 

Walt Disney Studios unveiled new details about its upcoming animation and live-action slate last weekend at the D23 fan Expo, showcasing new footage, signature music and behind-the-scenes stories surrounding its roster of upcoming films. “Disney, Marvel, Pixar and Lucasfilm are some of the most powerful and beloved brands in entertainment,” says Alan Horn, chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. “We have so many incredible cinematic adventures ahead of us, and it is especially exciting to be able to share the exclusive details with our biggest fans first at the D23 Expo.”   

Among the biggest reveals were:

  • A sneak peek at Disney/Pixar’s “Toy Story OF TERROR!,” a 30-minute special, that features favorite characters from the Toy Story films and will premiere on ABC Oct. 16.
  • The stars of Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World, including Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins, talked about the upcoming sequel, which is set to arrive on screen Nov. 18.
  • Attendees got a look at never-before-seen footage from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen, as well as a live performance of the film’s new song “Let It Go,” sung by Tony award-winner Idina Menzel. Menzel and voice talent Kristen Bell also debuted the new doll line that will accompany the film from Mattel and Disney Store. Frozen will arrive in theaters Nov. 27.
  • The U.S. premier of “Get A Horse!,” a black-and-white, hand-drawn, theatrical short that features Walt Disney himself as the voice of Mickey Mouse. The short will open in front of Frozen in theaters Nov. 27.
  • 50 years after Mary Poppins arrived in theaters, Disney gave a teaser for its sequel Saving Mr. Banks, which tells the backstory of the classic film. Two-time Academy Award–winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar-winner Tom Hanks topline the film, which will arrive in theaters Dec. 20.
  • Fans got a glimpse of clips from Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which will arrive in theaters April 1, 2014.
  • The space adventure Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, currently in production in London, was introduced. The film is slated for an August 1, 2014.
  • The newest adventure in the Disney Fairies franchise, Disneytoon Studios’ The Pirate Fairy, was unveiled, with Christina Hendricks announced to voice Zarina. The film will debut in spring 2014.
  • More details were unveiled about Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted, which is set for March 21, 2014.
  • Disneynature unveiled plans for its newest big-screen adventure Bears, which will premiere April 18-24, 2014.
  • Key members of the voice cast for The Good Dinosaur were announced including Lucas Neff as Arlo, Bill Hader as Forrest, Judy Greer as Ivy, Neil Patrick Harris as Cliff, John Lithgow as Poppa and Frances McDormand as Momma. The original film, which explores what would have happened if the asteroid missed Earth, is scheduled to arrive in theaters May 31, 2014.
  • Angelina Jolie arrived on stage to offer an exclusive first look at Disney’s Maleficent, in which she stars as the classic villain from Sleeping Beauty. Maleficent will open in theaters on July 2, 2014.
  • Walt Disney Animation Studios presented concept art and a sizzle reel for Big Hero 6, featuring a robotics prodigy who finds himself in the grips of a criminal plot to destroy his city. The film will arrive in theaters Nov. 7, 2014.
  • Disney’s upcoming musical Into the Woods, which will star Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine and Emily Blunt, got its first public introduction. The film is slated for a December 2014 holiday release. 
  • Fans got a look behind the scenes of Disney’s Tomorrowland when the filmmakers talked about the inspiration of the secrets of the black box. Starring George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy and Thomas Robinson, the adventure hits theaters December 12, 2014.
  • Disneytoon Studios revealed plans for Legend of the NeverBeast, which will take the Disney Fairies on an epic action adventure in spring 2015.
  • Fans got an exclusive, very early, sneak peek at Disney’s Cinderella. The live-action version of the classic fairy tale will open in theaters March 13, 2015.
  • Disney/Pixar announced members of the voice cast for 2015’s Inside Out including Amy Poehler as Joy, Lewis Black as Anger, Mindy Kaling as Disgust, Phyllis Smith as Sadness and Bill Hader as Fear. The film will go inside the mind of Riley, an 11-year-old girl who recently moved with her family to San Francisco, on June 19, 2015.
  • More voice cast details were unveiled for Disney/Pixar’s Finding Nemo sequel, Finding Dory, which will star Ellen DeGeneres. Joining DeGeneres, who provides the voice of Dory, are Albert Brooks as Marlin, Diane Keaton as Dory’s mom Jenny, Eugene Levy as Dory’s dad Charlie and Ty Burrell as Bailey. The film will arrive in theaters Nov. 25, 2015.
  • Finally, Walt Disney Animation Studios shared plans for the upcoming comedy adventure Zootopia (working title). Arriving in 2016, the film will follow a fast-talking fox who goes on the run when he’s framed for a crime he didn’t commit. 

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